Apps are available dime a dozen; just surf the web and you will find numerous articles listing out the best apps. However, there are several brilliant apps that don't make it to these lists. In our list, we have picked such apps that aren't the ones you will find in the hoards of “TOP 10” lists on the web, but are really handy and useful.
AirDroid – Android
Wireless file management across your desktop and smartphone
In case you haven't heard of AirDroid, let us tell you that it is an extremely useful wireless management app for Android users. Though we wished it was available for other platforms too, you can always hunt for similar alternatives. AirDroid lets you manage your Android smartphone as well as tablet from any web browser, provided it’s on the same Wi-Fi network. So, managing and syncing files such as music, videos, movies etc. from your desktop and mobile Android device is a breeze, negating the need for wires. Once you download the free app, just enter the passcode and you can begin transferring contents – it is that simple.
µTorrent – Android
Download torrents on the go
µTorrent needs no introduction. It also has a handy app for mobile platforms, which is as convenient as its desktop version. However, you don't see it in most of the “Top 10 Apps” lists. This torrent app discovers torrents and downloads them to the smartphone or tablet. It also lets you subscribe to RSS feeds, play content and more. The app is free and simple to use. There are no speed limits or size limits on mobile downloads. However, it is suggested that you don't run your torrent downloads on mobile data and opt for Wi-Fi instead. If you still prefer downlading torrents on your computer, then the µTorrent Remote app will let you access your downloads on your home computer while you are on-the-go. It is available for Android, iOS, Windows Phone
Don't need to hunt down news
This app aims at bringing your daily dose of news. Firstly, it is localised with over 30 leading Indian newspapers and several local languages including Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, and more. While almost all of the leading newspapers have their individual apps, News Hunt lets you access several of them together on one platform.Though this free app is supported by advertisements, the ad placement is not annoying and won’t hinder your reading experience. The UI is slick and the homepage displays the list of all the newspapers and news sites supported by the app, segregated depending upon the language.
Keeps an eye on your mobile data usage
This app may not be as popular as 3G Watch Dog or Onavo, but it is really good at keeping a tab on the mobile data traffic. Moreover, it is accompanied by a speedometer and task manager. It is capable of keeping a track of the data that you consume via Wi-Fi and cellular network. It measures the download and upload throughput and displays a traffic summary for the current day, week and month. Moreover, it also offers statistics per application with history for current and last day as well as current and last month. Traffic Monitor Plus adds SMS counter and phone call counter. Both these versions are free to download.
App Lock II Widget Pro – Android
Lock your apps from unauthorised access
If you have business or personal apps that you wouldn't like a guest to access, then this App Lock II widget is simply great. Once someone tries to access your protected app, it will throw a fake crash error that misleads a guest user into thinking that your app has a glitch. This way, it stops the guest from accessing your app in a natural way, but it can be easily unlocked by the owner. There is a password protector with a secret input method. This is a premium app, which costs Rs. 186, and you can use the trial version before purchasing it.
Stay connected in your private space
Avocado is the best app to stay connected to the most important person in your life – your spouse, partner or other dear ones. This app will offer a private space to stay connected and share files, photos, videos and so on. It's almost like your WhatsApp messenger, but think of it as a space for just two of you and no one else. Some key highlights of the app are fast and private messaging, capability to share media gallery and other files and to-do lists, advanced data encryption, customisable Quicknotes, mobile hugs and kisses and a complete archive of your relationship.
World news and social networks under one roof
Flipboard is an extremely cool app that isn't mentioned quite often in the “Best Apps” list. Flipboard brings all the world news as well as your social networks under one roof. You can catch up on news and also connect to up to 12 social networks and services such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr. The app will allow you to stream the articles as well as activities such as liking or sharing posts and commenting on them on social sites. The app lets you search for almost anything, including people, topics, hashtags, blogs and your favourite sites. You can view these articles, updates, photos and so on in a magazine format. Though this app isn't localised for Indian news content, it is worth a try.
Sweat it out with Nike Training Club
The next in our list is the understated Nike Training Club. This app is like your personal trainer to get lean, toned and strong, with more than 114 custom-built workouts. It's like your all-time fitness companion, which also lets you unlock some exclusive celebrity workouts. The instructions are detailed along with audio support. Some notable features include full-body workouts for 30 or 45 minutes, professional athlete workouts for 15 minutes, 100+ multi-dimensional, multi-directional drills build on the fundamentals of strength, cardio, interval and core training, to name a few. Share your workout on social networks and you can also set your own music while working out.
Professional sketch app
With popular photo editing and photo sharing apps such as Camera 360, Photoshop Express and Instagram, we think this sketching app has been sidelined. SketchGuru is a really fantastic app for the artistic types who love photography. This professional app also lets you adjust the contrast and brightness of the sketch. Click a photo or pick one from your photo gallery and the app converts it into a sketch. You can opt for black and white or colour sketch and it is supported with 13 handy effects – Gouache, PencilSketch, ColorPencil, WaterColor, HalfTone, SimpleSketch, ComicB&W, BlackBoard, BlackBoardColor, Print, B&W, PencilSketch2 and No sketch. It also lets you adjust the size of the photo.
Maxthon Cloud Browser – Android
Efficient cloud browser
This less-heard-of browser is one of the best smartphone browsers. The Maxthon Cloud Browser works effortlessly across several platforms including Android, iOS and BlackBerry. It automatically syncs your tabs and picks from where you left off last. Its Cloud Push feature enables you to send texts, images, websites/links and tabs to any device with a Maxthon account. There is a Favourites syncing options, which means all your bookmarks/favourites travel with you anywhere you go. It has options to let you browse the web without saving any browser history. The app is free, there are no advertisements, web surfing is fast and you can put your favourite sites on speed dial. You can personalise the browser and several add-ons make it even more convenient.
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Publish date: March 5, 2013 12:08 pm| Modified date: December 19, 2013 9:21 am